As an agency heavily involved with spatial and mapping information, the CGS is moving more and more to dynamic GIS data presentation for ease-of-use and for the many options that GIS tools allow. Almost all of our current projects and publications have substantial GIS components.
Please see the mapping section for more detailed information about how we generate and process spatial information.
We are slowly building out our library of online GIS maps that offer refined views of Colorado geology along the associated derivatives. We know that these are of use to our various constituencies. At the moment, we continue to assess our entire GIS dataspace for new packages of data that we can bring online in the next months.
ON-007 — ENERGY Base Map — This GIS map has not yet been deployed, but will include any/all the available GIS information that we have pertaining to Energy Resources in Colorado.
ON-005-01 — Colorado Geothermal Resources — Includes hot spring locations and uses; heat flow data and thermal gradients.
ON-004 — GEOLOGY Base Map — This GIS map has not yet been deployed, but will include any/all the available GIS information that we have pertaining to Geology Resources in Colorado.
ON-004-01 — StateMap Progression Map — shows the quadrangles that have been geologically mapped across the state, both USGS and CGS maps. Of Colorado’s approximately 1,800 7.5-minute quads, more than 500 have been mapped and there are usually around ten that are in progress at any one time.
ON-004-02 — Colorado POGI Map — Reviving this popular map of Colorado Points of Geologic Interest was a high priority, and here it is as a shared Google Map. Comments welcome!
ON-006 — HAZARDS Base Map — This GIS map has not yet been deployed, but will include any/all the available GIS information that we have pertaining to Hazard Resources in Colorado.
ON-001 — Colorado Earthquake and Fault Map — shows a variety of information including Cenozoic faults. (supersedes publications B-46 & B-52 & B-52B & IS-60).
ON-006-01 — Statewide Landslide Inventory Map —
ON-006-02 — Statewide Index of Landslide Susceptibility Data —
ON-006-03 — Raspberry Shake live link —
ON-006-04 — Statewide Collapsible Soils —
ON-006-05 — Seismic Stations —
ON-006-06 — Colorado Historic Coal Mines —
ON-007 — MINERALS Base Map — This GIS map has not yet been deployed, but will include any/all the available GIS information that we have pertaining to Mineral Resources in Colorado.
ON-007-01 — Aggregate Resources of Colorado —
ON-007-03 — Mineral Resource Potential Derivative Map — The CGS compiled mineral resource derivative maps using 7.5-minute quadrangles published under the current CGS STATEMAP geologic mapping program. Derivative maps are generalizations of detailed geological information that are used to assist non-geologists with evaluating complex geological information. These mineral derivative maps were created from digital geologic map data and historical mine locations to provide information on the general distribution of select potential mineral resources.
ON-007-06 — Critical Minerals of Colorado —
ON-007-08D — Historic Metal Mining Districts of Colorado (Data) – v20201112 — Includes a compilation of individual mining district reviews, organized by county, as well as GIS shapefiles of all districts for download.
ON-007-08M — Historic Metal Mining Districts of Colorado (Map) – v20201112 — This GIS map includes the most current information for this project.
ON-OF-78-08M — Select geological logs associated with coal resources, Denver and Cheyenne Basins, Colorado — Scanned geophysical and lithology logs of more than 500 wells drilled in the 1960s during coal exploration of the two basins. Useful for geologic mapping, mineral and groundwater resource evaluations, and for land-use reviews.
ON-008 — WATER Base Map — This GIS map has not yet been deployed, but will include any/all the available GIS information that we have pertaining to Water Resources in Colorado.
ON-008-01 — Statewide County Groundwater Base Map — This GIS map has not yet been deployed, but will include any/all the available GIS information that we have pertaining to Water Resources in Colorado.
ON-008-04D — ON-008-04D U.S. Forest Service Abandoned Mine Land Inventory Project – Colorado (Data) – v20200820 — The most current downloadable data package for this historic project, comprised of GIS data collected in the 1990s; finalized as of 03 June 2011; with minor clerical updates completed as of 20 August 2020.
ON-008-04M — ON-008-04M U.S. Forest Service Abandoned Mine Land Inventory Map – Colorado —
ON-008-06 — Park County Aquifer Study —
ON-OF-15-10 — Geology and Groundwater Resources of Douglas County, Colorado —
ON-OF-15-11 — Geology and Groundwater Resources of Park County, Colorado —
ON-OF-16-04 — Geology and Groundwater Resources of Chaffee County, Colorado —
ON-OF-17-01 — Geology and Groundwater Resources of Mesa County, Colorado —
ON-010 — Colorado Groundwater Atlas — This is the web-based text along with many graphics that explore the most current state of Colorado’s groundwater.
ON-010D — Colorado Groundwater Atlas (Data) – v20200520 — The most current (20 May 2020) downloadable GIS dataset, also includes a full set of high-resolution Figures and Tables from the Atlas.
Colorado Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Information map — May also be accessed through the CDPHE at the Mine Impacted Streams TaskForce. The user interface is a GIS platform and includes AML information layers which can be projected on road maps, satellite imagery, property ownership maps, watershed maps, and more.
USGS Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS) — MRDS is a collection of reports describing metallic and nonmetallic mineral resources throughout the world. Included are deposit name, location, commodity, deposit description, geologic characteristics, production, reserves, resources, and references.
USGS/AASG National Geologic Map Database (NGMDB) — The collaborative national mapping database with a wide variety of ways to see and download geological map information from both federal and state agencies.
Colorado Hazard Mapping & Risk MAP Portal — A service of the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), features a extensive range of GIS and other online assets related to the CWCB mission to protect statewide water resources.
Colorado Department of Local Affairs GIS Portal — A repository for a wide range of statewide GIS data downloads.
Many of our publications include GIS_Data directories as part of the downloadable package. As always, this data is free and may be used within many standard GIS applications. We do most of our GIS production work using ArcGIS from ESRI, with the Avenza app as the go-to for field mapping and data geolocation.
Note: The CGS no longer serves LiDAR data because the State of Colorado recently opened a new map portal—Colorado Hazard Mapping—that accepts requests from the public for available statewide LiDAR data. Once you are at the Hazard Mapping site, look for the tab LiDAR Request form at the top of the screen to make your request. Statewide LiDAR coverage is found on the main Hazards map
Colorado GIS Coordination and Development Program — The primary Colorado State GIS map viewer and data download site.
Colorado Department of Local Affairs GIS Portal — A state repository for a wide range of statewide GIS data downloads.
USGS Geologic Map of Colorado — GeoTiff and KMZ versions of the classic geology of the state from Ogden Tweto, 1979.
USGS The National Map — Includes a complete range of elevation, hydrography, historical topographic datasets and much more for download.
The Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics (MRLC) consortium — Includes data downloads for a variety of surface land cover situations.
USGS Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS) — a collection of reports describing metallic and nonmetallic mineral resources throughout the world. Included are deposit name, location, commodity, deposit description, geologic characteristics, production, reserves, resources, and references.
USGS Prospect- and mine-related features on USGS topographic maps — a compilation of data points representing prospect pits, mine shafts and adits, quarries, open-pit mines, tailings piles and ponds, gravel and borrow pits, and other features.
The CGS began working on a select number of GIS projects some time ago, to present them as StoryMaps, we’ve gotten one done so far:
ESRI — a major player in the GIS world — introduced the online platform called StoryMaps in 2016. It has since become an important tool in conveying GIS information in a form that is more accessible to the general public.
The Bare Earth — This narrative features over 50 intriguing LiDAR images that help illustrate how geologists in Washington are using this fascinating technology to study the landscape.